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Where the heart is

If home is where the heart is, then this raccoon on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has found a home in the hollow in the heart of this red maple, as photgraphed by Beverly Meekins.

Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are omnivores, eating frogs, birds and bird eggs, turtle eggs, insects, mice, berries, nuts, fish and shellfish.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. whenever volunteer staffing is available.

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